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Accelerators help startups in many ways, but aren't great for venture capital returns, panel says
Glenn Brandon
5/1/2012
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Accelerators provide lots of helpful things to startups, but don't really generate venture capital returns, according to a recent panel. Read more about the discussion.

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Acquisition or bust: A few things to know about exit strategies for startups
Pogorelc Deanna
5/17/2012
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Exit strategies for startups are limited these days, so a company should start working early to track down potential acquirers. Read about startup acquisition.

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Acquisition: Mission Failed or Dream Salvaged?
Amanda Schnieders
7/11/2013
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"If you truly believe in the potential of your company to change the world for the better, there’s no excuse for settling for an acquisition."

I was reading through this month's Inc. magazine earlier when this quote caught my eye. My first thought was to challenge the notion. There are specific occasions when an acquisition is exactly what a company needs to move forward or to move on. This is just how things work, but the bold words sparked my interest enough to turn the page. I flipped to Issie Lapowsky’s feature with Vimeo founder Jake Lodwick. Lodwick was fired a year and a half after selling Connected Ventures, the parent company of Vimeo and College Humor, to InterActive Corp, an Internet company that owns the likes of match.com, Urbanspoon, and dictionary.com. After the acquisition, he felt stripped of his creativity. Where innovation once dwelled, process was introduced. Lodwick was fired a week and a half before he planned to quit. This experience backs his words of advice to entrepreneurs who think an acquisition means nothing will change within the mission of an organization. Lodwick bitterly states that "in fact the mission was lost, and everything will change."

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Advice from a former biotech exec and current VC
12/23/2013
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Avoid broad target markets
9/16/2013
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Big data holds promise, but won't cure all healthcare ills
Dan Emerson
10/7/2013
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Can big data provide the cure for what ails the U.S. healthcare system? While some might consider data analytics a panacea to help achieve a more effective, efficient healthcare system, there are plenty of challenges to overcome, according to participants in a panel on "Fact or Fiction: Healthcare Big Data," at the recent 2013 StrataRx conference in Boston.

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Big data, entrepreneurs key to improving quality and cost of U.S. healthcare
Dan Emerson
9/26/2013
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Data will drive many of the sweeping changes coming with the Affordable Care Act to the U.S. healthcare system. At the StrataRx conference in Boston this week, innovators in “big data” for healthcare assessed its role in bringing advances in personalized and predictive medicine, major cost savings and research that leads to new technologies.

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Build a "healthy" company
Ryan Amin
12/5/2013
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Kim Popovits, CEO of Genomic Health Inc., gave the keynote speech at a Life Science Ventures Summit hosted by the Kauffman Foundation. Popovits closed her speech by stressing the importance of having a company that is “healthy” (34:56-40:22).

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Business models shift as health goes digital
Pogorelc Deanna
1/25/2012
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As digital health grows, healthcare business models are changing too. Read about healthcare business plans for digital health companies.

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CEO offers startups a business incubator alternative
Glenn Brandon
3/21/2012
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While business incubators have gained popularity, one CEO is offering an alternative that he says is better. Read more about the pitfalls of incubators.

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